A READING RECOMMENDATION ON THE ELECTION

vote for americaYesterday I got an email from Delegate Bob Marshall that included a reading recommendation. The subject of Marshall’s email was : America’s Moral Status, November 8th.  Here is what Marshall had to say.

Dear Friends,

Please read this very profound article by Reverend George Rutler and share with friends who may not vote on November 8th.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

Here is how Reverend George Rutler’s article begins.

On the Election

Exactly eight years ago I wrote a column titled “The One We Were Waiting For” in which I referred to a book by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, The Lord of the World. That dystopian novel has been cited by Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis said he has read it several times. The protagonist, if one can apply that term to an Anti-Christ, imposed a new world religion with Man himself as god.  His one foe was Christianity, which he thwarted in part by using “compromised Catholics and compliant priests to persuade timid Catholics.

Since then, that program has been realized in our time, to an extent beyond the warnings of the most dire pessimists. Our federal government has intimidated religious orders and churches, challenging religious freedom. The institution of the family has been re-defined, and sexual identity has been Gnosticized to the point of mocking biology. Assisted suicide is spreading, abortions since 1973 have reached a total equal to the population of Italy, and sexually transmitted diseases are at a record high. Objective journalism has died, justice has been corrupted, racial bitterness ruins cities, entertainment is degraded, knowledge of the liberal arts spirals downwards, and authentically Catholic universities have all but vanished. A weak and confused foreign policy has encouraged aggressor nations and terrorism, while metastasized immigration is destroying remnant western cultures, and genocide is slaughtering Christian populations. The cynical promise of economic prosperity is mocked by the lowest rate of labor participation in forty years, an unprecedented number of people on food stamps and welfare assistance, and the largest disparity in wealth in over a century. (continued here)

What the Reverend Rutler goes on to say is that we have a choice on Tuesday, and one of the choices is evil. We have a duty to vote and oppose that evil.

22 thoughts on “A READING RECOMMENDATION ON THE ELECTION

  1. We must vote. I did yesterday as Tuesday will be difficult for me to do so. Thanks for your wisdom and guidance this year. After much consideration, I wrote in Evan McMullan as he is on the ballot here in Texas. Blessings!

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    1. I can understand why you would do that. However, since only Trump or H. Clinton are at all likely to win, I can’t say I agree with the choice. If H. Clinton wins Texas, I expect you will regret your vote.

      It is as some say a binary choice. Still, I did not enjoy voting for Trump.

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      1. I understand your perspective. It is highly unlikely that Hillary will win Texas. Trump is currently ahead by 12 in the Real Clear average of polls here and he is trending up. So, Texas will go for Trump in the Electoral College.

        I have also considered the binary choice argument very carefully. I decided to reject it for what I consider logical reasons. Happy to share them if you are interested.

        I was happy and took pleasure in voting for someone that shares my values as a conservative constitutionalist.

        Be blessed.

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        1. You are welcome to provide your reasons. I voted for Ross Perot some years back. Got Bill Clinton instead of George Bush. After that I decided I had better accept the fact the system works the way it works, not the way it ought to work.

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  2. It’s not clear to me that only one of the choices is “evil.” It seems rather a choice between embarrassments to the fundamental principles and noble elements of the history of this country. On a personal level, both major party candidates are seriously flawed individuals, each easily diverted from straight paths by Mammon and at least one completely given over to carnal lusts. Neither has shown any ability to approach the electorate with honesty. One lies strategically and politically, the other just lies all the time about big and small things (although there may be a distinction between “lying” and simply being so unaware of the truth that one’s utterances are mistaken or false a remarkably high percentage of the time). One has no knowledge of or respect for the Constitution, the other shows every indication of being willing, despite a sound awareness of the Constitution, to de-prioritze adherence to it if there is political gain. One is completely ignorant of the external forces that threaten our security and has shown himself time and time again to lack inhibition about utterances that lend direct aid, support and comfort to our enemies, the other, while astute enough in terms of her knowledge of the world, gives every indication that she would sacrifice the Nation’s interests or mute its messages, at least in small things, in exchange for monetary beneficence for her family.

    The citizen is left with the obligation to make a good faith calculus as to which candidate is least likely to inflict irreparable harm on the Republic. The best candidate is Evan McMullen. If conscientious, patriotic voters assess the situation as being that the result between the two major party candidates is secure for the least bad candidate, they will have the luxury of casting a vote for Mr. McMullen (at least in some jurisdictions), including Virginia. If they think that the result will be close between the two major party candidates, the very difficult choice of voting for the least dangerous candidate is thrust upon them.

    This year’s Election Day is a tragic one for the country, regardless of the result. Some tragedies are more depressing, more dangerous, and more corrosive of the best of American ideals than others, however.

    Scout

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    1. @novaDemocrat

      Well, it is possible. Evan McMullin is on the ballot in Virginia, but I think it make much more sense for those who lean left for vote for the Libertarian Party or Green Party candidate.

      One candidate has lots and lots of plans — for our money.

      One candidate has a foreign policy record — miserable failure.

      One candidate has imaginative plans for our military. She thinks that people who have to take orders are just great for social experiments.

      One candidate has a uniquely warped attitude towards the truth and the law — whatever works for her at the time. Whatever his faults Trump apparently doesn’t belong in jail, but H. Clinton clearly does.

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      1. I wasn’t offering advice to those “who lean left”, Tom. They can figure it out for themselves. I was speaking solely from my conservative, Republican perspective.

        Re your last graph, both major party candidates have shown themselves to be strangers to truth, Trump consistently, Hillary when it serves her purposes. As I said above, in Trump’s case, some of his misstatements may not be intentional deceptions, they may just be reflections of how little he knows about anything relevant to the governance of this nation. But anyone looking for honesty or accuracy in this campaign came to the wrong place.

        Scout

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        1. @novaDemocrat

          Your Conservative, Republican perspective?
          🙄

          It is a binary choice. Either Trump or H. Clinton will win. Odds of anyone else winning are almost nil. So when you encourage people to vote for McMullen instead of Trump, that is equivalent to promoting H. Clinton.

          I think you have a bigger problem with the truth than Trump.

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  3. “What the Reverend Rutler goes on to say is that we have a choice on Tuesday, and one of the choices is evil. We have a duty to vote and oppose that evil.”

    Well, if you think that that statement was true, and you define virtue as good and vice as evil, then Donald Trump, by his own statements and business dealings, represents one of the most unabashed cases of the promotion of evil in the history of the country. So yes, do your duty and oppose him. 🙂

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    1. @Tony

      Donald Trump is not under investigation by the FBI. Trump did not illegally use a private email server. Trump did not run a so-called charitable foundations as a scheme to launder money. Trump did not accept tens of millions of dollars in speaking fees that look suspiciously like bribes. Trump has not been exposed as habitually two-faced, someone who says one thing to the special interests and another thing to the rest of us.

      Even the fact Trump has said the Democrats are trying to rig the election is known to be true. We know what the Democratic Party did to Bernie Sanders. We know from emails that H. Clinton never wanted to see the light of day and projectveritasaction.com that Democrats will break the law to win.

      That email server of H. Clinton’s was probably hacked more than once. It may prove to be her undoing. Yet you want someone who cannot run an email server to run the country. Sigh…..

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  4. Actually, you have given quite the blind eye to Donald Trump? Trump’s business dealings have been under investigation for years. He is currently in court being sued for the fraudulent activities of his so-called Trump University. Trump is under investigation by the state of New York because he illegal used his private charitable foundation to pay his own business court settlements and to buy portraits of himself (how typical of Trump). He is under investigation for rape. Ask his investors and contractors about his bankruptcies.

    And finally, it does appear the Trump is under investigation by the FBI. They just have not decided to violate their own internal policies to make “investigations” that have returned no bill of indictment (yet) a public spectacle as they have done with Clinton.

    I know, you are going to say that these investigations of Trump are somehow politically motivated (and in some cases, I might even agree with you, but not most), however, on their witch hunt against Clinton the Republicans have been conducting partisan politically motivated “investigations” of the Clintons for over thirty years, and have found nothing worse than the fact that she has made the same mistakes that other Secretaries of State have made.

    The best evidence that Clinton is comparatively pretty squeaky clean is that the political harassment has been so thorough and sustained, and has even been aided and abetted by an adversarial foreign power, and yet this is the best that they can do? Do you think Trump could endure 30 plus years of having Democrats do everything short of a full body cavity search on him? I guess we may find out.

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    1. @Tony

      I think was aware of the Trump University thing. Shrug. Not much to it. I think this relative minor item is far more outrageous than anything you could find on Trump.

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/06/clinton-directed-her-maid-to-print-out-classified-materials.html

      It is fairly obvious that “lady” thinks she is far above the rest of us.

      Note you made no effort — none — to refute any of the charges against H. Clinton, and they are damn serious. Instead, you insinuated the FBI — part of the Justice Department — is taking sides against H. Clinton. That’s too silly for words.

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  5. @ Tom re your 1035 comment: I encourage people to vote for McMullen because he is clearly the most qualified, least flawed candidate. He is the person in the field who is best suited by experience, judgment, character and knowledge to fulfill the duties of President in the coming years. The idea of voting is not to pick a winner. This isn’t a horse race or a wager. This is a time for citizens to express their best judgement on the candidate who is best for the country. Trump never has been a conservative, has never had support from traditional, knowledgeable conservatives, is merely renting out space in the Republican Party, and is a very clear and present threat to conservative ideals, American core principles, and the national security of the United States. It’s one of your many fallacious conclusions that votes for someone like McMullen are effectively votes for Hillary. That McMullen is on the ballot save many conservatives and Republicans from having to vote for Hillary as the lesser evil least likely to permanently harm the Republic. None of us was going to vote for Trump in any circumstance.

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    1. @novaDemocrat

      You effectively suggesting that Republicans sit out the election. Given your past comments, I don’t think you are a never Trump Republican. As I said before, I think you have a bigger problem with the truth than Trump. Do you have a bigger problem with the truth than H. Clinton? Well, if I said you do, that would be an insult, and you obviously did not take it as such.

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      1. It would help if you put up comments in standard English, Tom. I can’t even figure out what that last one says.

        To help you out a bit (and trying to penetrate your confusing verbiage), Yes, I am quite proudly a Never Trump Republican.

        Scout

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